Commissioner cleared on 'R30 000 rent' charges

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pretoria - Correctional Services National Commissioner Xoliswa Sibeko, accused of renting an upmarket house for R30 000 a month at the taxpayers' expense, has been cleared by a disciplinary hearing.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula received the judgment on Monday.

"The findings in the disciplinary enquiry have cleared Sibeko on all three charges brought against her including the rental of private property at State expense and travel abroad with her husband at State cost," the department said.

Despite the findings, the minister has extended Sibeko's special leave while she is studying the judgment and considering her options.

The minister will make her decision known on the way forward regarding this matter in due course.

Sibeko and the department's Acting Chief Financial Officer Nandi Mareka were suspended in July following allegations of misconduct.

According to the allegations, Sibeko and Mareka were renting properties in an upmarket estate in Pretoria East, costing the taxpayer around R30 000 per month.

This was despite them having official residences provided by the department. The two officials had left their official residences unoccupied.